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lot

noun uk   /lɒt/  us   /lɑːt/

lot noun (LARGE AMOUNT)

a lot (of) informal
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A1 lots (of) a large amount or number of people or things: She eats lots of fruit. There were a lot of people there. He does a lot of travelling in his job. I've got a lot to do today. He earns lots of money. There's lots of food.
a lot A1 very much or very often: Your sister looks a lot like you. I'm feeling a lot better today. He looks a lot older than his wife. We used to go there a lot.have a lot to answer for to be the main cause of a problem or an unpleasant situation: People who sell drugs to kids have a lot to answer for.the lot informal everything: I made enough curry for three people and he ate the lot. Have I got everything? Is that the lot? I'll sell you the whole lot for only £50. I'm sick of the lot of them.

lot noun (GROUP)

[C] UK an amount or set of things, especially when there are several of these amounts: I've already done one lot of washing. Another lot of visitors will be here this afternoon.

lot noun (SALE)

[C] in an auction (= public sale), an object or set of objects that are being sold: Lot number 134 is a fine old walnut bureau.
See also

lot noun (LAND)

[C] mainly US an area of land: an empty lot a parking lot They're planning to build a house on a vacant lot on 35th Street. [C] US a film studio and the land around it

lot noun (LIFE)

sb's lot/the lot of sb the quality of someone's life and the experiences that they have: They should do something to improve the lot of the lowest-paid workers. Do you think he's happy with his lot?

lot noun (CHANCE)

draw lots to make a decision by choosing from a set of objects such as pieces of paper or sticks that are all the same except for one: We drew lots to decide who would go.
Grammar

lot

noun [plural] uk   /lɒt/  us   /lɑːt/ UK informal
a group of people: You're an ignorant lot! Are you lot coming to lunch? My lot (= children and family generally) won't eat spinach.
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